BJP, Cong claiming credit for water supply from Narmada
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 18:33
Bhopal: The ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh are involved in a war of words over taking credit for the supply of water from the Narmada river to Bhopal.

With the multi-crore Scheme nearing completion, the two parties are taking credit for bringing the Narmada water through pipeline from Hirnai village in Shahganj town of Hoshangabad district to Bhopal and dismissing each other's claims on the issue.

BJP leaders said that the Narmada Water Supply Scheme for the city was prepared and implemented in the BJP regime in the State and citizens would soon get sufficient water after implementation of the scheme.

They said that though the Centre was providing 50 per cent of the funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Narmada Water Supply Scheme was prepared and being implemented by the BJP government in the State.

BJP leaders said that a sizable piece of land was provided to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) so that it could be used for commercial purpose to raise funds for the Narmada Scheme and other projects of the JNNURM.

The scheme was launched nearly four-and-half years ago during the BJP rule in the State. Initially, the project was to cost Rs 240 crore but more than Rs 612 crore have been spent on it so far.

BJP leaders said that the project was delayed due to slowdown in the laying of pipelines and charged the Union Forest Ministry for it.

"Union Forest Ministry's permission was necessary for the project as the pipeline had to pass through a forest region but even after many reminders, it had delayed giving permission," they said.

On the other hand, Congress leaders claimed that the Narmada Project for Bhopal was being implemented by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

Congress leaders said that the Centre has spent Rs 306 crore on the project and another Rs 415 crore was in the pipeline.

Covering a distance of about 60 km, the Narmada Water is being brought to Bhopal from Narmada river, considered the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh and laying of pipeline and other works for the purpose are underway.

Built by the Madhya Pradesh Public Health Engineering Department, the project is expected to supply an additional 185 million litre water every day to the city.

Ironically, Bhopal also known as the city of lakes, is currently facing acute drinking water shortage and water is supplied to the city alternative day.

Besides lakes and tube-wells, water is also supplied to the city from Kolar and Kerava dams at present.

The water problem of Bhopal is expected to be solved with the coming of the Narmada river water to the city.


First Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 18:33

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